Crowds flock to popular Raft Race

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Crowds flock to popular Raft Race

(Teams line up at the start of the race) 

More than £42,000 was raised for charity as Thames Water employees and local companies took to the water for the annual raft race.

Hundreds of people flocked to the popular event, which is held on the River Thames near to Reading Rowing Club, with all funds raised donated to WaterAid.

The course saw teams of up to six leave Reading Rowing Club, before racing up to Clearwater Court, turning round and heading back to the rowing club.

The team of the Lanes Group raft was declared the winner, with a team from Thames contractor Morrison finishing second, and a team made up of Thames Water employees called “Mexican Wave” crossing the line in third.

Crowds flock to popular Raft Race

Anthony Crawford, head of wastewater control and also chairman of the company’s WaterAid committee, said: “Once again the raft race was a brilliant occasion, with thousands of pounds raised for charity.

“Everyone who took part really got into the spirit of the event, with some great fancy dress, and it was great to see so many people lining the banks of the River Thames cheering on the teams.”

The funds raised, which beat last year’s total, will be donated to WaterAid as part of the Thames Loves Malawi appeal. This is a commitment from the water company to raise £2 million over four years to help ensure a safe and clean water supply to the people of two towns in Malawi.

As well as the raft race, there was also an ‘Executive Challenge’, which saw teams headed up by members of the company’s executive board face each other in a series of challenges, including a pre-event fundraising mission.

This raised around £17,000 towards the fundraising total, and was won by Simon Watson, head of health and safety in wastewater.

Mr Crawford added: “We are proud of our relationship with WaterAid, and will continue to raise as much money as possible for what is a great cause.”

Crowds flock to popular Raft Race